There was an uneasy calm in the streets of Beirut on Monday (1 December) as hopes for a settlement to Lebanon's civil strife revived.
There was an uneasy calm in the streets of Beirut on Monday (1 December) as hopes for a settlement to Lebanon's civil strife revived. But while Premier Rashid Karami was sounding out political leaders on how to implement the tentative peace programme it was reported that another 13 people had been killed in incidents in other parts of the country.
Security forces said three of the latest victims were killed in Zahle, 25 miles (40 kilometres) east of Beirut, a town that has been a frequent trouble spot in the sporadic nation-wide war which has left at least 4000 dead since fighting broke out last April.
On Saturday (29 November) the lebanese Cabinet met to debate proposals for the tentative peace plan. The same night, President Suleiman Franjieh and Premier Karami said in separate broadcasts that the Lebanese must stop fighting and join in a national reconciliation to save the country.
Although the two men are bitter political rivals both agreed on the draft peace statement which was unanimously approved by the Cabinet at Saturday's meeting (29 November).
However, despite the present improvement in the security situation in Beirut there have been so many unsuccessful peace overtures and broken ceasefires in recent months that no one doubts the uneasy calm could once again erupt in widespread violence and more killings.
SYNOPSIS: Things has almost returned to normal in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Monday, as Premier Rashid Karami sounded out political leaders on how to implement a tentative plan to bring peace to a country that's been torn by civil strife for the last seven months.
The tentative peace plan was unanimously approved by the Lebanese Cabinet at a meeting on Saturday, and was agreed to by Premier Karami and President Suleiman Franjieh.
Although the two men are bitter political rivals they've joined together in appeals to the Lebanese people to stop fighting and join in a national reconciliation to save the country.
But as Beirut remained uneasily calm reports came in of another thirteen people killed in factional fighting in other parts of Lebanon.